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1 Cloud Computing in the Digital Age Cloud computing is a term used to refer to a computer situation where a program runs on a remote server rather than on a local computer, tablet or smartphone. Instead of using YOUR system s resources, it relies on the remote computer s system resources to process the task(s). Generally speaking, Cloud services are ways that you can use other peoples computers (servers) as storage for your own personal files, programs, and other such things. You might think of the cloud as just another way of saying Internet. You can prefix the term Cloud to just about anything, and it basically means an online/internet accessible version of whatever you are referring to. For example: Cloud Storage = Online storage of your personal files Cloud Router = A router which can be used to share access to your computer/files from anywhere there is internet Cloud Music = Storing your music on a remote server for playback via internet anywhere in the world Why Use The Cloud? Access your files from any computer (e.g., resumes) Playing movies/music anywhere Conserving storage space on your device

2 Origin The term The Cloud came from the cloud symbol that computer engineers used on network diagrams to represent the unknown segments of a network (computers accessed via the internet in a networked environment they don t manage themselves). Cloud computing has 5 essential characteristics: On-demand self-service: A user can access and use the service as much as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service provider. Broad network access: Capabilities are available via standard means over the internet and on any system (mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers). Resource pooling: The cloud provider's computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers. Rapid elasticity: Capabilities can be dynamically increased and decreased, to scale rapidly outward and inward with demand. To the consumer, the capabilities available often appear unlimited. Measured service: Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource usage by metering usage of service. Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported, for both the provider and user.

3 Types of Clouds Private cloud: The provider uses a separate system for each user. Public cloud: The provider uses the SAME system for multiple users. Partner cloud: Same as private, but hosted by a third-party company. Distributed cloud: Handled by different systems at multiple locations, but offering the same service throughout, often including redundancy. Types of Cloud Services Software as a Service (SaaS): On-demand software running on a remote computer rather than the one you are using. Example: Webmail, GoogleDocs Hardware as a Service (HaaS): Using other peoples hardware (computers or other systems) instead of your own directly attached devices. Example: remote printing/processing Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): Virtual Machines running from a remote computer (server) outside of the location you are accessing them from. Example: A server being run from a remote location rather than the location it is being accessed from. This is often accessed using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for a secure connection. Platform as a service (PaaS): Web tools for programming software for a different device than what you are coding for (tablets, smartphones, Macs, etc.) Example: Microsoft Azure

4 Specific Cloud Services Cloud Storage: Storing your files on a remote computer, to be accessible anywhere there is internet. Type: IaaS Example: Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive Cloud Backup: Backing up your computer or device to a remote server, as opposed to your own computer. Type: SaaS/IaaS Example: Apple devices Cloud Hosting: Storing your website on a remote computer, rather than hosting it through the company you bought the domain name from. Type: IaaS Example: SoftLayer.com Cloud Printing: Printing something to your home or office printer while you are away for that location. Type: HaaS Example: Most new HP printers offer this. How Much Will This Cost? The answer is really It depends. You may find that some of these services are available for free. Most of the time, this is because of advertising located somewhere in the service. The provider may also offer more advanced features in a paid offering, and is just offering a smaller simpler version as a sample, with some limitations. The only way to know is to try, and they cannot charge you for anything if you don t give them your payment info, so you usually have nothing to lose! Privacy/Security Concerns As with any service, putting YOUR files on somebody else s computers may cause a concern for privacy. Naturally, you will want to go with a reputable vendor, and be sure you read the provider s Privacy/Security section on their website (usually located at the bottom), or read through their FAQ section for a quick rundown on their service. You might even them asking for more details. If you can t get the information you are looking for, I would consider it an unsafe web service and forget about it

5 Web host Free GB Max. file size Direct access bandwidth limit File expiration Remote upload Developer API Baidu Cloud 2000? Yes ne ne??? Fileserve GB ne 60 days after last download (free) Firedrive GB ne 60 days after last download Mega 50 browser mem capability Free (50 GB): 10 GB traffic/30 minutes FTP upload? Yes (except for non-accounts) Yes for all users Yes ne Yes Google Drive 15 1 TB Yes ne ne OAuth2 Box MB (free Yes 10 GB/month (free) ne Yes Bus./Ent. Personal) customers only RapidShare GB limit removed (1100 kbit/s) ne for any Rapid users. 5 at a time Yes? MediaFire GB (free) ne 1 year but "no data Yes Yes warehousing" Tencent Weiyun 10 4GB (regular upload) Yes ne ne??? OneDrive 7 2 GB Yes ne 270 days of account inactivity Yes? Synaptop 5 5 GB Yes ne ne Yes for enterprise IBM Connections 5 2 GB Yes ne ne CMIS, REST, Atom & OAuth2 icloud 5 1 GB Yes 200/400 GB/month ne WebDAV? Amazon Cloud 5 2 GB Amazon S3 limits ne? Drive ASUS WebStorage MB (free) Daily limit: 0.5 GB?? CloudMe MB (free) ne ne REST, SOAP, WebDAV [16] SpiderOak 2? Yes ne ne Yes Dropbox 2 10 GB. Yes 20 GB/day (free) ne Yes?

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